To help ensure that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) continues to provide all of our members with high-quality, affordable healthcare, we have expanded our BlueCHiP for Medicare outpatient laboratory network. Starting on April 1, 2013, BCBSRI is moving from an exclusive outpatient laboratory arrangement with East Side Clinical Laboratory to a preferred network of laboratory providers.
What Does This Mean for You?
While we greatly appreciate the quality, affordable services that East Side Clinical Laboratory has provided as the exclusive outpatient laboratory for BlueCHiP for Medicare members, this change will ensure that members like you have more laboratory options to choose from.
As of April 1, 2013, the BlueCHiP for Medicare laboratory network will include the following selected laboratories:
- East Side Clinical Laboratory
- Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
- Lifespan Laboratories
- Coastal Medical Laboratory
If you are a BlueCHiP for Medicare member and receive laboratory services from East Side Clinical Laboratory, there is no need to make a change. If using a Quest, Lifespan, or Coastal lab is more convenient, you can begin to use these labs as of April 1, 2013.